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Slovaks send condolences to Boston

SLOVAKIA’S senior officials sent their condolences to the US after the deadly attack during the Boston Marathon on April 15, in which bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring about 180 others.

SLOVAKIA’S senior officials sent their condolences to the US after the deadly attack during the Boston Marathon on April 15, in which bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring about 180 others.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič sent a telegram of condolence to US President Barack Obama, saying that he condemned “the terrorist attack which has affected the sports event and the national holiday celebrations of all people from Massachusetts”, the TASR newswire wrote. The attack took place on Patriot’s Day, a public holiday in the US state.

Prime Minister Robert Fico also expressed grief over the attack. Speaking on behalf of his cabinet, he condemned all acts of terrorism.

“This is not a correct way to solve any problems that ail people around the world,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “I believe that the respective bodies in the US will soon reveal and duly punish the culprits.”

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák sent a telegram of condolence to his US counterpart John Kerry, saying that he was “deeply shocked about the attack that stormed through the Boston city centre”.

According to the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, seven Slovaks participated in the marathon on April 15, but none of them were among the victims or injured. The ministry recommended that people who travelling to Boston inquire about the development of the security situation prior to their trip, TASR wrote.

The bomb attack might affect future marathons held in other countries, including one to be held in Slovakia in September. Ján Dvonč from the Marathon Klub in Košice told the Sme daily that the organisers would strengthen security measures.

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